Many reputable historians acknowledge the immeasurable importance of the Great Awakening in the enabling of the 13 colonies to come together and fight for a lasting Independence. When we say that this nation was founded on godly principles we are acknowledging the effects of the Great Awakening on America. Now this does not mean you have to agree with the majority of the founders that God is truly Sovereign in salvation. It does not mean that you have to be a Calvinist like the pilgrims and puritans who were our nations foremost forefathers. It does not mean that you ought to be a Reformed (or Calvinistic) Baptist like the VAST majority of Baptists were for the first 100 years of this nation's existence. But it does mean that you ought not despise the doctrines of grace that most of the founders of this nation held dear. And more than that, it means that you ought to consider that you might be missing out on the very doctrines that God often uses to bring nations to himself. Jonathan Edwards said: God bless!